Management and Operations Concentration

Professional Development Certificate: Management & Operations Concentration

A certificate in the Management & Operations concentration focuses on developing skills and understanding of the key concepts of zoo and aquarium management, including strategic planning, concepts of leadership, and mission-based management. The core AZA courses create a strong foundation by providing an overview of the many facets of zoo & aquarium operations, including the management of staff, animals, and the guest experience through lectures, rich discussions, activities, and group projects. Electives options give professionals an opportunity customize their experience and go deeper into a particular area of interest.

AZA Core Courses

Both of these foundational courses are required for this concentration. 

Learning Partner Electives 

Choose from these and future offerings through AZA and our Learning Partners to complete a minimum of 16 elective credits:  

Eligibility and number of credits awarded to be determined by AZA Professional Development Committee.  

College/university coursework, workshops, or other training may be applied as approved by the AZA Professional Development Committee. Submit your request for credit to azatraining@aza.org.  

Please note: Electives are not independently evaluated by AZA. Awarding of a certificate recognizes successful completion of the core courses and 16 units of electives and does not guarantee particular competencies or certifications. Electives are subject to change. 


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